5 ideas on how to upgrade or update your Charlotte porch

Here in the south, having a porch is like drinking sweet tea, it’s just what we do. Whether it’s a back porch screened in or open or a front porch, we simply love to spend time outdoors on our porches.

If you have a porch and want to update or upgrade it, here are 5 ideas that can have a great effect on the aesthetics and functionality:

1. ENLARGE IT
Many of us have a porch but would like to make it bigger. The challenge is that most of us have trouble visualizing how to do this with the way the existing roof line is constructed. Call an expert that both designs and builds porches and they can give you a consultation on various means of enlarging the porch. It might mean taking the porch and widening along the back or front of your house or it may mean projecting out further into the yard.

2. NEW COLOR WITH NEW RAIL
Rails are one of the most visible parts of a porch. If you have an existing wood rail that is either failing or tired looking, why not update it with some type of metal rail? How about composite or vinyl rail to give you a beautiful new look that is also low-maintenance? How about a combination of wood rail with metal pickets? Color is an easy way to update your porch and this can mean everything from the rail to the flooring and ceiling

3. PORCH COLUMNS
The trend today is get away from standard 4×4 posts or columns and go too more decorative columns and larger/ wider columns. If the porch is screened in and normal sized, a 6×6 that is trimed out looks beautiful. If the porch is open without screen, you can even go to an 8×8 or larger if it is a large porch. You can use cedar, fiberglass, or laminated columns.

4. CHANGE THE ROOF LINE
The roof line not only affects that look of the porch, it also changes the feel of space when you are in the porch. By changing the roof line, you may add more height. This can allow more light back into your porch and into your home as well. You can also change the architectural feel of the back of the home. This also allows for a change in ceiling material and perhaps decorative trims.

5. CHANGE THE FLOOR
If you currently have wood deck boards on your porch floor as most do, you can add a dramatic difference by upgrading to tile flooring or stone flooring. You can move to a higher end tongue and groove flooring, a Brazilian hardwood such as IPE or Tigerwood flooring, or even throw rugs can enhance the porch!

For more ideas on updating and upgrading your porch, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this beautiful screen porch using Ipe Brazilian hardwood decking as the porch floor

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

Beautiful screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with Travertine tile and an outdoor fireplace integrated into the porch

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People are telling me I can’t build a roof over my Charlotte deck or patio, what can I do?

Unfortunately, there is lots of advice being given on what can and can not be built by many inexperienced contractors and wanna be contractors. Most of the time, with little exception, there are ways to construct roofs over decks and patio’s even though you cannot visualize how it would tie in both aesthetically and functionally.

Having constructed thousands of screen porches throughout Charlotte,NC over the past 27 years, we can both show and tell you fist hand how it can be possible.

Most of the obstacles can be narrowed down to windows that may be in the way of where you want to tie in the roof line or the house has different protruding roof lines that would appear to interfere with constructing an additional roof over the space.

It takes some visual imagination and construction know how, but there is almost always a way to tie a roof in over a deck or patio you can block the sun and have a pretty outdoor living space.

We look at the general architecture of the house to see where your windows are, what the current roof lines look like, take into account how much light might get blocked out of your house by adding a roof line, and finally any drainage issues that may occur as a result of the additional roof. Once we assess these issues, we can come up with creative and functional roof lines that make it appear the roof was there when the house was originally built, which is always the goal. I have attached a few of the projects we have built to give you some ideas of how you can cover a deck or patio that has seemingly difficult roof lines to deal with or large windows. In addition the photos, you can also visit http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com and go to the photo gallery and seek out both screen porches and covered patios to see wonderful ideas!

Archadeck designed this covered pool patio with a difficult roof line in Charlotte

Archadeck designed this covered pool patio with a difficult roof line in Charlotte

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line